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Paul Newman's Own Marinated Steak

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


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Paul Newman was one of the most highly respected actor-directors in Hollywood. His 50-year marriage to actress Joanne Woodward was also one of the longest and happiest in Tinseltown, defying all odds.

Paul Newman and long-time wife Joanne Woodward on the film set of the 1967 movie "Winning"
Paul Newman and long-time wife Joanne Woodward on the film set of the 1967 movie "Winning"

Paul's successful life symbolized defying the odds. He was active in show business for more than five decades and accrued an impressive string of nominations and awards for his electrifying acting performances and directorial accomplishments: Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award for The Long Hot Summer, Best Actor Oscar for The Color of Money, Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Empire Falls, several Golden Globe Awards for Most Promising Newcomer, Best Director for Rachel, Rachel, Best Supporting Actor for Empire Falls, New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award for Nobody's Fool, and Golden Laurel Award for Best Actor in Hud, to name a few.

Surprisingly, he did not win Oscars for some of his most memorable roles in Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, or The Hustler. Paul was ranked the Number 1 Box Office star in the US for both 1969 and 1970.

An international superstar with startling blue eyes and an arresting smile, Paul was charismatic and sexy on the screen, often playing anti-heroes or rebels, and he had legions of devoted fans for most of his career. He was chosen by Empire magazine in 1995 as #12 in their 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History list, and was voted the 13th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

Paul was an avid race car driver most of his life (he finished second in the 1979 Le Mans 24-hour race in a Porsche 935) as well as a visionary businessman. Later, at an age when most people are thinking of retiring, he had the drive of an entrepreneur to start his own salad dressing company, using his own homemade concoction as the starting point. He created the company "Newman's Own," and it was such a successful line of food products that it has earned in excess of $100 million. A generous man, Paul donated every penny of the Newman's Own profits to charity.

Well-known for his wicked sense of humor, in 1998 he quipped that he was a little embarrassed to see his salad dressing grossing more profits than his movies. He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1994 in recognition of his charity work. Upon his death, it was estimated that since the 1980s, he had donated more than $175 million to charities.

Newman's death in September 2008, while not surprising because he'd been in serious ill health for a while, was still a sad day for his countless friends and fans around the world. Paul was 83 years young.


Newman's simple and tasty recipe below for Paul Newman's Own Marinated Steak uses one of his company's popular salad dressings as the marinade. I've used Paul Newman's Own dressings as marinades for chicken, beef, and pork, and then have tried using lesser-priced dressings, as well as my own cheaper homemade marinade and vinaigrette concoctions.

My husband can always tell the difference... every time. He loves Newman's dressings (must be the secret spices used) and I can't ever fool him. There is a wonderful "distressed" food store here in Phoenix — Bargain Bin. It usually has a few bottles of different Newman's dressings and marinades in stock, which I quickly scoop up. More often than not, the bottles are priced at 75 cents or a buck. Huge savings over buying it at the grocery store (average cost in my area is about $3 a bottle), although sometimes finding it at Bargain Bin can be hit or miss.

Investigate to see if there are similar distressed/bargain outlet stores in your area. Because, although I make many cheaper substitutions in recipes to save money, my husband would know the difference with Newman's vs. another brand vinaigrette. For this recipe to be truly wonderful, I recommend you use Newman's dressing.

Always humble about his successes, he once remarked in an interview, "Once you've seen your face on a bottle of salad dressing, it's hard to take yourself seriously."


Paul Newman's Own Marinated Steak


Combine Newman's Own dressing, garlic cloves, chopped onion, and dash of salt and pepper in a shallow glass dish. Add steak; turn to thoroughly coat steak with the marinade. Refrigerate several hours, turning steak occasionally.

Just before serving, preheat broiler or grill. Drain steak and broil or grill. Slice and serve.

Makes about 4 servings.


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